Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season 3, Episode 14

The Percentage (5 Jan. 1958)

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Eddie Slovak meets an old Army buddy named Pete who once saved his life. He intends to repay his friend. He offers him money for a business, but Peter refuses. Eddie tries to talk to Pete's... See full summary »

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Louise Williams
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Pete Williams
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Eddie Slovak meets an old Army buddy named Pete who once saved his life. He intends to repay his friend. He offers him money for a business, but Peter refuses. Eddie tries to talk to Pete's wife Louise. Louise falls for Eddie and the two become romantically involved. Eddie eventually kills her. Later he explains to Pete that he did him a favor since she was cheating on him. Pete calls the police and Eddie is arrested. Pete goes to see Eddie's girlfriend and explains that their plan worked. Louise is dead and Eddie is out of the way. Now, the two of them can be together. Written by Anonymous

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25 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is, to me, one of the most convoluted and unbelievable episodes ever. The whole thing is supposedly a contrivance, a plot to get rid of someone, and yet it depends on the wildest happenstance. We have a gangster type who is at the top of his game as a bag man. He carries around with him an act of cowardice committed in Korea. He decides to call the man who lied for him and made him a hero. He is rich; the other guy is a TV repairman who barely makes ends meet. The percentage, which I guess is how this guy sees his financial dealings, is uneven. He is obsessed with paying this old friend back, but the guy will have none of it. Hence, he develops a relationship with the guy and his wife with the goal of finding a way to get him to accept his charity, thereby evening out the percentage. This is an interesting premise, but the results depend so much on chance and a series of events falling into place that it should fail miserably. A good story relies on moves and counter moves, cover ups and more cover ups and lies. This is just way too slick and cheap.


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